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What's the treatment for syphilis?

What's the treatment for syphilis?

Penicillin: Injectable(intramuscular) penicillin remaims the treatment of choice for all stages of syphilis. If the patient is penicillin allergic, other choices include tetracyclines, macrolides, such as erthromycin and ceftriaxone. Duration of therapy depends on the stage of the disease. Some of the non penicillin treatments suffer from antibiotic resistance. Follow up to insure cure is advised. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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What is the treatment for syphilis?

Depends: Rx for syphillis depends on the type, newborn or acquired;stage, early or late and complications. Penicillin is the primary drug treatment. Management of new cases includes parameters such as detecting other std's, finding & treating exposed contacts, etc. Followup includes testing to be sure the initial treatment is successful. ...Read more

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Is their a alternate treatment for syphilis besides penicillin?

Is their a alternate treatment for syphilis besides penicillin?

Syphilis: Yes. But they are not as effective. Many doctors will treat with the second line therapies unless there is brain involvement or a treatment failure to eradicate the syphilis. In this event they work to temporarily desensitize the patient of their penicillin allergy and then give the better treatment. ...Read more

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Treatment for syphilis in 2012. Titer went down to 1:1, f/u 6 months later was non-reactive. Latest f/u at 1 year was 1:1 again. No new exposure. Bad?

Treatment for syphilis in 2012. Titer went down to 1:1, f/u 6 months later was non-reactive. Latest f/u at 1 year was 1:1 again. No new exposure. Bad?

No: Rises in titer only count if they're 2-dilution rises. From non-reactive to 1:1 is a 1-dilution rise, and is not felt to be significant. A rise from non-reactive to 1:2 would be significant. However, if you were re-infected with syphilis, your titer would probably be much higher than 1:2. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for quaternary syphilis?

IV Penicillin.: Late infections need IV penicillin for at least 10 days. If the patient is allergic Ceftriaxone can be used. Other kinds of late disease may be treated with once-weekly intramuscular penicillin g for three weeks. If allergic, Doxycycline or tetracycline may be used, for a longer duration. These treatments can stop further progression, but not fully reverse damage already done. ...Read more

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What will be effect if we take syphilis treatment as early as possible after unsafe sex without examination?

Treating before test: Syphilis can sometimes be hard to treat and it is always good to get a test drawn before treatment so that the correct antibody titters can be followed. But I have treated some patients with high risk exposure before they could test positive. I would like to know more about the situation you are confronting. ...Read more

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I am taking azithromycin 500mg for three days for syphilis treatment and i've already taken it for two days. Now i'm told to take 2g single dose.

Not syphilis: I don't think you're being treated for syphilis. If it's syphilis you should be getting a shot of penicillin -- did you get that already? It sounds like they're treating you for chlamydia. You should talk to your doc about why they're making the changes. ...Read more

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How syphilis become cure after treatment?

Penicillin: Syphilis is treated with penicillin, usually via intramuscular injections. One shot for early disease and three shots (one weekly for 3 weeks) for late disease. Certain severe forms or congenital disease in babies is treated with IV doses. ...Read more

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When someone contracts syphilis, how long do they receive treatment?

Depends: For early stages it is a single shot of antibiotic. For complicated stages the treatment may vary from 3 shots to IV antibiotics. ...Read more